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07 FACTS;--

1-The pineal gland is considered one of the body’s greatest mysteries. Today we know that it is an endocrine gland which secrets the hormone melatonin.

2-It is shaped like a pine cone and placed exactly in the middle of the brain. The pineal gland, or the cone gland, is the dwelling place of the soul, and the gateway to the spiritual world.

3-But apart from this comment, western science has mainly ignored this gland and considered it more or less useless. Since Darwin it has been described as remnicents of an eye which no longer is in use, and originates from earlier history of evolution when we were a more primitive species.It is not until the last 50 years that science has started to uncover some of the pineal glands great secrets. 4-After seven years of age small layers of calcification appears in the gland, and makes it look like a small cone in x-rays. Because it is situated in the middle of the brain, it is used to detect tumours of the brain, because this would displace the pineal gland from it’s centre. 5-With the exception of the kidneys, no other place in the body receives as much supply of blood as the pineal gland, and there is several indications that this gland plays a much greater role than previously thought.

6-New discoveries have now shown that the hormone secreted by this gland, melatonin, has several effects:-- 1- Decreases the aging process 2- Starts off puberty 3- Strengthen the immune system 4- Regulates body heat 5- Regulates oestrogen level among woman 6- Regulates sleep function 7-The pineal gland is light sensitive, and is one of the reasons it is part of the body’s biological clock, both in humans and animals, and has a regulating effect in sleep function. Melatonin has in fact also psychedelic effects, and can release special ecstatic and transcendental experiences, among meditators and mystics. WHAT IS THE MYSTERY OF THIRD EYE ?---

03 FACTS;- 1-According to several occult traditions,

which is situated in the middle of the forehead, on a straight line from the pineal gland. With Shiva and The Buddha, the third eye is found described as a “shining spot” and “a flaming pearl”, symbolising unity, transcendental (relating to a spiritual realm )wisdom and spiritual consciousness. 2-This point is often used as point of concentration in meditation, because it is one of the places in the body where it is most easy to hold a steady focus, as well as it activates psychic energy. Concentration on this point will sooner or later give strong impressions of inner light, and is a method to get in contact with the energy dimension beyond the physical body.In the Bible there is a saying that refers to the third eye.. 3-This chakra is called the third eye or the command centre. It is a point in the psychic body where information from the outer world is perceived, and where the guru in more advanced forms of practice guides the student through instructions. It is the famous eye of intuition, where the psychic developed can observe everything that goes on both on the physical and psychic planes of existence.” WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN MELATONIN & CANCER ?--

03 FACTS;- 1-Although the pineal gland is not bigger than a pea, it is still the organ in the body producing most melatonin, even though small amounts also are being produced in the eyes and in the intestines. Normally the secretion of melatonin is low during the day, and high during the night. By exposing the body to light during the night it will decrease the melatonin production, because the eyes are neurological connected to the pineal gland. 2-Reduction of melatonin during the night increases the celles’ vulnerability towards cancer causing substances. It has been reported increased cancer incidents in areas with unnormally high electric power fields, which results in decreased melatonin production during the night.

3-Melatonin is an active cancer protecting substance, which both prevents cancer and the development of cancer, and is an important part of the body’s imunesystem. It is particularly in its function as an antioxydant that melatonin has this effect. Melatonin also influences the production of T- cells which counteracts stress and is one of the imunesystems most active substances.” IS MELATONIN DECREASES WITH AGE ?--

03 FACTS;- 1-According to two scientists( at the Macquarie University in Australia, professor Keith Cairncross and professor Arthur Everitt)--- this gland is a pure fountain of youth. After three years of research they are convinced that the hormones secreted by the pineal gland plays a central role in the mechanisms controlling stress in primates.

2-They presume that the reduction of melatonin with age, is a central cause for many of the diseases occurring in the elderly. They therefore suggest to give many elderly hormone supplements in the form of synthetic melatonin to counteract diseases and prolong life. 3-Because of melatonin’s powerful effects there is today a lot of research being done. Often this includes experiments on animals, which often does not correlate to reactions in the human body. WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN YOGA & MELATONIN ?-

04 FACTS;- 1-There are natural means to increase the production of melatonin, and particularly simple yoga techniques. After Research it is found that the tantric yoga techniques, Alternate breathing or Nadi Shodan pranayama, and particularly Candle gazing or Tratak, has a dramatic effect on melatonin production.

2-Tratak is concentration on an external object and in this case, the flame of a candle. Experiments on persons doing Tratak every evening before sleep showed a significant increase of melatonin. 3- On this background it is a highly recommended practise to do Tratak before bedtime to calm down, and secure deep sleep and a strengthening of the imunesystem, and other benefits of increased melatonin production. 4-The two practises are good in combination, Alternate breathing followed by Tratak takes 15 minutes. It can be used also in the morning, as well as a preparation for meditation, or as described before bedtime.Nadi Shodan pranayama has been disscussed.... ALTERNATE BREATHING;--

11 POINTS;-- 1-Sit in a comfortable position where you can sit with a straight back, either in a meditation pose on the floor, or on a chair. 2- Close the eyes and concentrate on the spontaneous flow of air through the nostrils. 3- When the breath has calmed down, place the index- and middle finger of the right hand on the third eye, 2-3 cm above the eyebrows in the middle of the forehead. Use the thumb to open and close the right nostril, and the ring finger to open and close the left nostril. 4- Keep both nostrils open, and take a deep calm in breath. 5- Then close the right nostril and exhale through the left. 6- Now begins the alternate breathing: 7- Breath slowly, deeply and without sound in through the left. 8- Exhale through the right. 9- Inhale through the right 10- Exhale through the left. 11-This was one round of Alternate breathing. If you managed without getting short of breath or feeling choked, continue another round, otherwise, take a break and breathe through both nostrils until calm.Count the rounds, and do this for 5 minutes. NOTE--This is the first stage of this exercise, and there are many other levels. After some time you can start holding the breath, and include different ratios of counting, like in breath 1, hold 4 and exhale 2. But do not go on to higher levels before it feel comfortable and relaxed to do so. No force should be used in this practice, the approach should be gentle.SELECT ONE ---EITHER NADI SHODHAN OR ALTERNATE BREATHING..IF YOU ASK ME----I PREFER NADI SHODHAN BUT THE KEY POINT IS TO INCREASE MELATONIN .